2020 Vision of Canada's Oceans Dialogue - Day 2 AM

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The 2020 Vision Dialogue brings together major stakeholders in Canada's oceans to discuss how science can inform policy to maintain productive oceans that provide maximum benefits to Canadians. Here is a recap story of Day 2 morning sessions and open dialogue.

2020 Vision of Canada's Oceans Dialogue - Day 2 PM

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The 2020 Vision Dialogue brings together major stakeholders in Canada's oceans to discuss how science can inform policy to maintain productive oceans that provide maximum benefits to Canadians. Here is a recap story of Day 2 afternoon sessions and open dialogue

2020 Vision of Canada's Oceans Dialogue - Day 1 PM Canada Ocean Lecture

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Canada Ocean Lecture series' aim is to create awareness of Canada's vast marine environment and its importance to Canadians. This year's Canada Ocean Lecture "Collaboration and Communication: Two Keys to Our Ocean’s Future" presented by Dr. John Nightingale, President and CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre. Here is a recap story of 2020 Vision of Canada's Oceans Dialogue - Day 1 PM Canada Ocean Lecture.

An ocean of opportunities

An ocean of opportunities

"Why is that so difficult to admit? With this epiphany, I began to realize that I don’t really know what my other options are. It seems that the only career paths talked about are the ones that lead back to academia, even when they are not the most numerous and are definitely not the only ones that can lead to a fulfilling career. How do I break free of the Ivory Tower?" - Janelle Hrycik

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Beneath the surface: Diving into Canada's Ocean Report

Beneath the surface: Diving into Canada's Ocean Report

Op-ed by Martha Crago, Dalhousie University's Vice-President Research and founder and chairperson of the Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities.

The following op-ed first appeared in the Hill Times then Dal News. Dr. Crago presented 'Findings from the Expert Assessment of Ocean Science Report' at the 2020 Vision of Canada's Oceans Dialogue. View her presentation and listen to her podcast, then JOIN THE DISCUSSION by posting comments to the blog or sending us a tweet (#Oceans2020). We want to hear from you!

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2020 Vision of Canada's Oceans Dialogue - Day 1 PM

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By Isabelle Côté on December 5, 2013 

The 2020 Vision Dialogue brings together major stakeholders in Canada's oceans to discuss how science can inform policy to maintain productive oceans that provide maximum benefits to Canadians. Here is a recap story of Day 1 afternoon sessions and open dialogue.   

2020 Vision of Canada's Oceans Dialogue - Day 1 AM

Oceans 2020 Vision Podcast Cover Art.jpg

By Isabelle Côté on December 5, 2013 

The 2020 Vision Dialogue brings together major stakeholders in Canada's oceans to discuss how science can inform policy to maintain productive oceans that provide maximum benefits to Canadians. Here is a recap story of Day 1 morning sessions and open dialogue.   

Visions for Ocean Sustainability by 2020

Visions for Ocean Sustainability by 2020

Dialogue leaders share their visions for ocean sustainability by 2020. 

What is your vision for ocean sustainability? How can Canada ensure sustainable oceans by 2020?  What are the tangible steps that need to occur to accomplish this goal?

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Conserving marine biodiversity - How do we move forward?

Conserving marine biodiversity - How do we move forward?

Canada’s coastline and ocean surface area are greater than most countries, yet less than 1% of it is protected. The federal government has committed to establishing networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) covering at least 10% of our coastal and marine areas by 2020, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

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Path Forward – A Panel Discussion amongst scientists, politicians and conservationists

Path Forward – A Panel Discussion amongst scientists, politicians and conservationists

Think of the oceans as a play, and the different species of animals, plants, algae, fungi, bacteria and viruses, as the actors. We suspect that many ocean species have important roles, even the species we don’t eat or typically think about. No matter how far from the coastline you live, the oceans affect you, because they contribute to the many global cycles that sustain Earth. In the words of Shakespeare, “the play’s the thing” and keeping the ecological play on the ocean stage is our top priority.

How do we move forward to bring policy and science together in order to maintain productive oceans and maximize benefits to Canadians?

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Policy Challenges in Canada

Mike Sinclair, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Susan Farlinger, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Trevor Swerdfager, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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David Vanderzwaag, Dalhousie University

Jeff Hutchings, Dalhousie University

Mark Zacharias, BC Ministry of Environment

Collaboration and Communication: Two Keys to Our Ocean’s Future

Collaboration and Communication:  Two Keys to Our Ocean’s Future

Canada is a very large country with a very modest population. As a result, the tax base available for the various government uses is also small, especially when spread across this vast land. No matter how anyone feels about the ideology of different government agencies, when it comes to ocean science, the fact remains that government cannot do it all, and that situation is getting worse. It is time for some innovation – time to find different models to expand the research, policy development and management of our oceans.

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CHONe Tools and Ideas

CHONe Tools and Ideas

CHONe’s mandate is to provide deliverables that are useful to the formation of policy on  the conservation of Canadian oceans; they include development of new tools, models, and decision frameworks, as well as  new discoveries and the delivery of advisory reports, presentations and other public awareness products.

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A Network of Ocean Networks in Canada

A Network of Ocean Networks in Canada

Several Canadian research networks exist: Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe), Arctic Net, Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN), Canadian Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN), Canadian Fisheries Research Network (CFRN), Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response (MEOPAR), Ocean Management Research Network (OMRN), and Ocean Network Canada (ONC). They have brought together ocean scientists from across Canada to generate the knowledge required to sustainably manage Canada’s oceans resources.

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In a “sustainable” ocean, there are many swimmers – a perspective from Canada’s next generation of ocean scientists

In a “sustainable” ocean, there are many swimmers –  a perspective from Canada’s next generation of ocean scientists

For young, early-career scientists, the path to participating in sustainable ocean management is winding. Navigating the complex realities of ocean management in Canada quickly becomes overwhelming for the enthused, but unaware and young academic. Marine scientists are now assuming new, emerging roles – from advising policy, to developing partnerships with industry, to interacting with the general public and media. 

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